I've thought about this battle a lot. Paul's words to the Ephesians come to mind:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.I meet a lot of people everyday, and I wonder how they're faring in the battle. With some, the wounds are obvious; with others, it is more difficult to tell what demons they may be facing. No one goes through this life untouched by strife or unharmed by the buffetings of the enemy.
But lately, I've come to an understanding of a different tactic to which we often fall prey. Satan doesn't usually come right out and attack us or parade around touting evil as good and good as evil (although that has unfortunately become much more and more common). No, he simply distracts us, blinding us with a glittery new toy or money or job or car or house until we've forgotten that this life is temporary, and the things of this world don't go with us when we're gone. We become wrapped up in the here and now and forget about who we are and where we're going.
He doesn't beat us by hitting us with a bigger stick; he beats us by making us forget to fight.
It's for this reason, I'm convinced, that the word remember is one of the most often repeated words in the scriptures. If we've forgotten to fight or why we're fighting or that there is a fight at all, then Satan has free reign to drag us through the mud and lead us carefully astray; however, if we remember that it is upon the Rock of Jesus Christ that we must build our lives, and we "always remember Him and keep His commandments" that He gives us to be safe and free from the wiles of the devil, to read His words and pray to Him and never ever let something temporary become more important than something eternal, then we will come off conqueror. We will win the fight, because in all actuality, the fight's already won. We just have to do everything we can to be on the right side of the line in the sand every single day.